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Academic Peer Mentor Job Description
An Academic Peer Mentor is a junior, senior or a graduate academically advanced student who will meet with you weekly to offer you mentoring and peer advising to assist you in achieving academic success throughout the semester.
Prerequisites for becoming an Academic Peer Mentor
- Overall academic achievement in all areas with a minimum 3.0 GPA and in good standing with the university.
- Academic Peer Mentors are top juniors, seniors, 5th year and graduate students in their majors who have been nominated or recommended by their department chair and faculty on the basis of their academic scholarship and overall leadership and character.
- Academic Peer Mentors will attend extensive training on developmental advising, student development theory, appropriate referral making, use of campus resources, and gain a thorough knowledge of campus policies and procedures.
- Two letters of recommendation attesting to the reliability and responsibility of the applicant. At least one of the letters must be from a faculty member.
- Ease in interacting with peers.
- Availability for training.
- Full semester commitment.
- Ability to act as a positive role model.
- Ability to facilitate discussions and work with a diverse student body.
- Ability to interact proactively with faculty and staff.
- Computer skills necessary (e-mail, word processing, use of Internet), and knowledge of databases/spreadsheets/graphic design is helpful.
- Strong communication and organization skills.
- Detail and deadline oriented.
- Positive attitude and self-motivated.
- Ability to abide by FERPA law, and comply with a signed confidentiality agreement.
Academic Peer Mentor Job Responsibilities
- Attend all training sessions and preparation meetings
- Serve as a positive Woodbury University representative.
- Show up on-time prior to all work meetings and appointments
- Work a maximum of 10 hours per week for the semester consisting of:
- One hour of weekly group meetings and training with the Academic Advising Office.
- 9 hours per week consisting of:
- Conducting weekly peer mentoring and advising meetings with assigned group of students.
- Contact list of students by phone or email weekly to check up on the student and also to set up peer mentoring and tutoring appointments.
- Referring students to appropriate campus resources as need. Schedule weekly tutoring sessions with the Learning Center.
- Keeping regular track of each student’s semester course schedule requirements, and during meeting assess progress and need for tutoring. Schedule tutoring appointments in consultation with the Learning Center Director.
- Assisting the full-time faculty advisor with any advising related concerns. In particular, during the advising registration period, Academic Peer Mentors are required to assist the faculty advisor with group or individual advising of students.
- During office hours Academic Peer Mentors are also expected to contribute to the academic advising programs, publications, web page, and additional training if they are not in a scheduled mentor meeting.
- Serve as a role model and mentor for Woodbury University students.
- Be knowledgeable of Woodbury University’s General Education Requirements and academic policies and procedures.
- Have a clear understanding of all college policies including the University Code of Conduct and abide by them.
- Be familiar with and provide referrals to campus resources and support services.
Maintain confidentiality and respect of individual students’ rights at all times.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Academic Advising Office.
- Practice a commitment to excellent time management in academic, work, and extracurricular activities during the semester.